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This Week in Nouvelle | June 29th – July 5th

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This 2.5-minute read breaks down the most important takeaways from the insightful pieces you might have missed on Nouvelle this week.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Bill 184 | Op-Ed
Sam Pevalin

  • Ontario passed Bill 184 in response to a housing crisis exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Bill 184 does nothing to stop N12 evictions, a tool often used to avoid rent controls. They can be used by landlords in bad faith, meaning that once the current tenant is out, the landlord can immediately put the unit back on the market for a higher price.
  • This lack of action makes it harder for tenants to defend themselves in court and makes it easier to evict people after COVID-19. 

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The “New Normal” of Canadian Travel Should Include High-Speed Rail
Matt Pelletier

  • Canada is one of only two G7 countries (the other being the USA), not to have high-speed rail.
  • This has led to a reliance on expensive air travel.
  • If a strategy based around high-speed rail is pursued, it will allow Canadians access to affordable, quick, and sustainable transportation.

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The Systematic Exclusion of First Nations People from Federal Welfare
Nikola Multinovic

  • The overwhelming majority of federal welfare programs can only be accessed by filing taxes – a process so inaccessible that the people who need it most do not do it.
  • The remedy for the exclusion of First Nations low-earners from the welfare state is to divorce it from the tax system – it cannot be repaired with tinkering.
  • Welfare can only be inclusive if we divorce it from the tax system, administer it to all Canadians (including the rich), and make the income tax more progressive.

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This Canada Day, Talk About the Path to Reconciliation

  • For many Indigenous people, Canada Day has never been a time of celebration.
  • Indigenous stories have often been erased from Canada’s recognizable history. 
  • We must recognize that there is still much work to be undertaken by all Canadians to ensure that the repressive history of our country is understood, and that material actions are made to bring meaningful reconciliation.

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Instead of Ignoring Racism in Classic Films, Learn From It | Op-Ed
Ajit Kalsi

  • At worst, classic films are a damning critiques of white society’s values. At best, they are a fun ride with some problematic elements. Either way, they are important to reflect on.
  • To choose to write these films out of history is to remove cultural touchstones that provide a sense of the mood of the times.
  • Racism was, and is, a key part in film making, and to ignore its legacy is to ignore the prevailing opinions of white America at the time, and to sometimes forget nuance.

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Foucault & COVID-19: How Discipline Is Necessary to Create Order in Times of Disorder
Clare Duncan

  • In a time of disorder, the ways we seek to retain order can help us reflect on aspects of our society that may be necessary for a healthy and working society.  
  • COVID-19 has brought society together through a shared experience.
  • If we want to return to a society that resembles what we had pre-COVID-19, we must conform to disciplinary systems.

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Democracy No More: Understanding the Implications of China’s New National Security Law on Hong Kong
Irene Wang

  • On June 30, China passed a national security law criminalizing seditious activities in Hong Kong with a maximum penalty of life in prison.
  • Chinese officials claim that the law will only target “an extremely small minority of illegal and criminal acts” and that the “basic rights and freedoms of the overwhelming majority of citizens will be protected.
  • Critics say this law targets activists by criminalizing civil disobedience and criticism of the Chinese government. It also permits China to circumvent Hong Kong’s legislative procedure.
  • China’s forceful expansion of power invites international condemnation and may come at a heavy economic and political cost. Meanwhile, the safety and rights of Hong Kong activists remain uncertain.

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